Tag Archives: Turf racing

Fear of a Charming Kitten

Originally published at ThoroFan Handicapper’s Corner Saturday’s $500,000 Grade II Virginia Derby starts at 8:12PM, meaning Colonial Downs improved their track lighting system to a degree they can hold turf races during twilight hours. It also means the early evening thunder … Continue reading

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Lowdown on Colonial Downs Colonial Turf Cup

Originally published at ThoroFan Handicapper’s Corner. The only Thoroughbred racetrack in the Commonwealth of Virginia is Colonial Downs, conveniently located off Interstate 64 (or rather inconvenient, if you happen to live in Northern Virginia) between Richmond and Williamsburg. Colonial Downs … Continue reading

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Saturday Handicapping Notes

WirePlayers contributor Dylan J. previewed Saturday’s Derby prep, Oaklawn Park’s G.2 Rebel Stakes, over at Thorofan’s Handicapper’s Corner. Despite the outside posts, Dylan likes OXBOW slightly more than SUPER NINETY NINE and I tend to agree. Under those two Dylan … Continue reading

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The 2012 Breeders’ Cup – It’s All Greek To Me

Breeders’ Cup weekend is here. Do I know which horse is going to win every race? Of course not. Do I know which horse is going to win any race? I hope so (but there’s no guarantees). Our team of … Continue reading

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3 Year Old Colts & Fillies on the Turf

There’s a few tasty stakes for three year olds on the turf Saturday: the Tropical Park Derby at Calder, the G.3 Hawthorne Derby at Hawthorne, and the G.1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland. Chicago-based WirePlayers contributor Paul Mazur has … Continue reading

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Hawthorne Gold Cup Day

“I’ve got this thing and it’s <redacted> golden” –Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich He was talking about a senate seat and he is now serving time in a federal prison, but Hawthorne Race Course can say that quote this week … Continue reading

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Jockey Club Gold Cup Day (aka Super Saturday)

Headlined by the Jockey Club Gold Cup, there’s 6 balls out races on Saturday at Belmont. Before the Breeders’ Cup Classic, this was THE championship race for handicap horses each year. While the Breeders’ Cup (in 5 weeks hence) took some … Continue reading

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Arlington Million Day Picks and Ponderings

Here’s a one-stop shop that features all the individual race-by-race posts from Arlington Million Day. All seven of the stakes races have been picked, pondered, and ready for your reading. Thorofan is hosting the Beverly D. Stakes, while the other … Continue reading

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Virginia Derby Preview

Colonial Downs – Race 9 – Grade II Virginia Derby ($600K) – 1 and 1/4 miles (turf) – 8:38 post time I did a longer write-up on Saturday’s Virginia Derby over at the ThoroFan site. You can read it here. Summary: … Continue reading

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Horse Racing: Not Dead Yet

Value of Kentucky Derby Ratings? Deadspin published a list of the 50 most watched sports telecasts thus far in 2012 (hat tip to Dave McKenna). While it’s clearly obvious the NFL dominates the ratings, horse racing (the Kentucky Derby in … Continue reading

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When In Doubt, Bet the Cat Horse – Sheepshead Bay Stakes Preview

Crowds will overrun Belmont Park in 2 weeks as I’ll Have Another tries to win the Triple Crown. This weekend? Crickets. Regardless, there’s a nifty betting opportunity with Belmont’s late Pick 4 – $350K guaranteed pool, 50 cent min bet … Continue reading

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Off and Running at Atlantic City Race Course

Today marks the start of the limited all turf meeting at Atlantic City Race Course, or as some call it “Aye Cee.” The meet is just six days long each year, but features full fields and solid racing over what … Continue reading

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The Transylvania – Keenland Spring Renewal

Just like the Masters Tournament in golf, or MLB Opening Day, the sight of horses in the starting gate at Keenland is a sure sign of spring, quality racing, and big time stakes action soon to follow. The opening day … Continue reading

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Weekend Trifecta – Turf, Dirt and Synthetic Graded Stakes on the Docket

This weekend is filled with a diverse mix of graded stakes with two having potential Kentucky Derby implications. Time to find those checkmark winners! Gulfstream Park Race 10 – Grade II Pan American Stakes ($150K) – 1 ½ Miles (Turf) … Continue reading

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How Great is Kitten’s Joy? Palm Beach Stakes Preview

Gulfstream Park Race 7 – Grade III Palm Beach Stakes ($150K) – 1 and 1/8 miles – Post time 4:05 Though it has a small field of 6, half the entrants in Sunday’s Palm Beach Stakes are out of the … Continue reading

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